Are Books a Safe way to Learn Rope Suspension

Two of the ten books appear to teach rope suspension. However,there is a real debate as to whether this is safe. There is one school that holds that one should only practice rope suspension after receiving private lessons from an acknowledged master on the subject. On the other end of the spectrum, there are those that argue that any careful prudent person can figure out how to do suspension with the help of various teaching aids, such as books. If a person is not careful and prudent, thousands of dollars worth of private lessons will not help.

The truth is likely somewhere in between. The books and videos are immensely valuable in the acquisition of basic skills. However, there are two things that they cannot provide. First they cannot give you feedback on what you are doing wrong. A typical rope suspension will involve dozens of placements of rope and knots. Is even a rapid beginner going to get them right the first time? A knowledgeable instructor can give that instant feedback which will avoid costly mistakes. They can also help if there are emergencies when things suddenly go wrong.

How does a beginner know who are the real rope masters? That is a real question. There are no wide-spread consistent procedures for validating anyone persons competence in rope. Almost every local scene has at least self-appointed expert, who is actually putting the newbies that walk into the local fetish club at risk with their poorly executed suspensions. Unfortunately, there is nothing to be done about that. Personally, I rarely suspend in clubs to avoid feeding the competition among Doms that leads to poor quality suspensions. But that is just me.

However, books can be of a huge value. If the newbie has done their homework, then they judge better who the more competent rope tops are. When they know who to watch and who to take advice from, then the battle may be half won.